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Gameday Journal presented by Monarch Homes: Game 73 — Blackhawks vs. Senators

by Chris Lund / Ottawa Senators

5:00 PM: Get set for puck drop with Gord Wilson and Sens TV.

4:15 PM: Today's Gameday Goodie talks to Colin Greening about famous city nicknames and he throws Gord Wilson some curveballs in the process.

Take a look...

3:45 PM: Here are tonight's projected lineups for the Sens and Blackhawks.

Ottawa Senators


Hemsky - Spezza - Michalek

MacArthur - Turris - Stone

Hoffman - Zibanejad - Condra

Greening - Smith - Neil


Methot - Karlsson

Wiercioch - Ceci

Cowen - Gryba




Chicago Blackhawks


Versteeg - Toews - Hossa

Sharp - Handzus - Shaw

Saad - Teravainen - Morin

Bollig - Kruger - Smith


Keith - Seabrook

Oduya - Hjalmarsson

Leddy - Brookbank




3:15 PM: Senators forward Mika Zibanejad is a game time decision for tonight's tilt with Chicago but, according to Paul MacLean, is expected to be in the lineup tonight. Here's what he had to say this morning.

1:30 PM: Sens head coach Paul MacLean offered his thoughts on tonight's game against Chicago after the team's morning skate. Here's what he had to say...

On tonight's lineup:

Patrick Wiercioch will play, Chris Phillips won't, Craig Anderson is the goalie, Robin Lehner will back up. Mika will be a game time decision but we anticipate he's going to play.

On the Blackhawks:

It's always fun when you play them, it's going to be a good test obviously. They're the best team in the league so it's going to be a good test and we're looking forward to it. It's going to be a good opportunity for us to get out and get playing. I'm looking forward to being here.

On Chicago as the best in the NHL:

During the regular season maybe they don't have the title of it but for me if you're the Stanley Cup champion you're still the best team in the League.

On the game in Chicago:

It's a team with speed and they play fast, they really play fast and defend hard and we know that's what they're going to be about tonight again. They're missing a couple pieces with Patrick Kane who is hurt, that's significant for them, but we still believe it's going to be a real good test for us.

On falling into Chicago's style of play in October:

I think we've done that against more than just them as far as trading chances go, that was at the start of it. Trading chances is never a good game to play.

On Duncan Keith and a resemblance to Karlsson:

I think his skating ability and his instincts for the game... There's a resemblance in the way they are both elite skaters but I think right now Duncan Keith has the advantage of experience. He's got the advantage of a couple of Stanley Cups that he has played, a couple of Olympic gold medals, he has played at a higher level of games than Erik has as far as the NHL is concerned but they're both Norris Trophy winners and they're both good players and you'd like to have them on your team.

On Bobby Ryan:

Everything went according to the procedure, he's supposed to be back in Ottawa today. He's not playing tonight but whether or not he comes to the game depends on him, but everything was good.

On when he can start rehab:

I think nowadays they start it right away. I'm not sure what that's going to involve as far as the healing process, I'm sure there's some of that, but usually they start right away so I'm assuming it's going to be right away. It's a three to six week type of thing and the shortness of it is going to depend on him more than anything. He should be fine to train any way that he needs to this summer and that's an important part of getting it done now.

On players making it through a season healthy:

Any time you play the whole game there's a little bit of luck in it but I think the conditioning level of the ahtletes today is conducive to more and more of them playing most of the games. That's a credit to them and the hard work they do on and off the ice and in the offseason. We need more of that.

On players playing full seasons more in his era:

There were a lot of us that glided around lots, we were able to get through, it was a way different survival rate then than it is now... The game is way faster now.

10:00 AM: The Ottawa Senators return to home ice tonight when they take on the Chicago Blackhawks at Canadian Tire Centre.

The Senators are coming off of a 3-2 shootout loss in Florida on Tuesday night. Mark Stone and Clarke MacArthur were the goal scorers while Robin Lehner made 39 stops in regulation and OT.

The Blackhawks have put together a record of 42-17-15 in 74 games this season which is good for 99 points and second place in the Western Conference's Central Division. They have amassed a 18-10-8 record in 36 games away from home this season and are 5-4-1 in their last 10.

The Senators fell by a 6-5 score in the lone game between these two teams in October.

The Sens will have their morning skate at 10:15 AM and I'll have plenty of updates to follow including, but not limited to, lineup changes, players' thoughts, Sens TV content, Instagram goodness and more.

Stay tuned!

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